Fall = Sweater <3

Fall is my favorite time of year!!  The weather cools, the scenery is picturesque, and football season begins.  But this is one of my favorite reasons:

source:  Glamour Magazine

Fall sweaters!!  Loving some of the newest trends:  stripes, oversized sweaters, and a resurgence of Fair Isle.   A big color trend right now is cobalt blue… I’m on the hunt for a vibrant shade to start a new creation for my own wardrobe.

Some sweaters I’m loving:

From left:

1)   I love the look of the asymmetric openwork, and this color is spot-on.  (Anthropologie)
2)   Subtle stripes look beautiful in a casual pullover.  (Anthropologie)
3)   The colorblock trend is still going strong.  This would be a super easy way to add interest to a simple crew-neck or raglan.  (Gap)

I have the beginnings of an idea for a sweater.  I’m dying to use an awesome skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Ginger.

So, of course, I searched Ravelry.  I decided I really wanted a pullover.  I was shocked to discover that there are very few patterns using a fingering weight yarn.  What you people are scared of using your US2/3 needles??  I have been into experimenting with combinations of knit and purl for texture.  With a fingering or sock yarn, the textures could be implemented without adding a lot of bulk.

A test swatch:

Design idea:

I am loving the waffle stitch texture.  I was playing with continuing the “waffles” up in vertical lines to create stripes that look almost like graph paper.  I will let the “waffle lines” move in and out with the waist shaping to emphasize the figure.  Like this:

The different colored vertical “stripes” are not actually a different color, they are the small “shingles” that move up the garment.  Otherwise, this will be a traditional crew-necked pullover with set-in sleeves that are to be picked up as I go.  Stay tuned for some progress pics.

Even experienced knitters are wary of knitting sweaters… I have had my own difficulties until I realized that the real problems are FINISHING and FIT.  I am putting together a post with some advice for achieving a perfectly fitting sweater and some finishing tips that I have found helpful.

In other news, my Scalene scarf is complete!  In order to keep my xmas gifts a surprise, I have posted pics to my Ravelry project page.

Happy knitting!

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